Crime

Two men crash carjacked vehicle in Porterville

A Porterville man warming up his vehicle Wednesday had it stolen by two carjackers who soon crashed it, police said.

About 5:35 a.m. in the 1700 block of West Kanai Avenue, two men forcibly removed the victim from his vehicle and drove away, Porterville police said.

About 30 minutes later, the vehicle hit a fence in the 2100 block of West Orange Avenue and two men abandoned it.

Using a police dog, officers tracked Frankie Rodriguez, 22, and Humberto Ruiz, 21, through the dry bed of the Tule River to a parking lot of an apartment complex in the 400 block of West Springville Avenue.

They confessed and were jailed in the carjacking, police said.

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